A Wet Day

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

There is one thing to be said for our weather at the minute and that is, that it is changeable.  I am not sure if the weather hasn't consulted the forecast or it is the other way around.  A forecast of a dull day with some sun later in the afternoon turned out to be a thoroughly damp, soggy, wet day.  The moth traps caught very few moths overnight so it did not take us long to ID them.  As we had time we set to on indoor jobs.  Some volunteers inputted species data whilst others sorted photographs for displays.  Volunteers also supported the nest box building activity.  Thank you to everyone who helped today.  Foxglove volunteers have such a valuable and variable range of skills that help to keep the reserve looking so good.

Out in the rain for a quick walk it was obvious that everything had water droplets!  Wild Carrot is a biennial and consequently does not always grow in the same place each year.  There are several flower heads near the heath.  Some of them have the red centre petals.

Seed heads are already beginning to develop.  When I looked at this one it looked 'odd', as the bowl shape is full of water.

Instead of being covered in insects this Devil's Bit Scabious was covered in water droplets.

When you get the 'right sort' of weather a hidden world can appear.  A spider's web was spun on a stem of Hawthorn.


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